The Mercer Bears will square off against the Saint Louis Billikens on the road at 5 p.m. ET Saturday at Chaifetz Arena. Mercer should still be riding high after a big win, while the Billikens will be looking to right the ship.
The Bears took their contest against the Life University Running Eagles on Tuesday by a conclusive 78-50 score.
Meanwhile, Saint Louis ended up a good deal behind the Memphis Tigers when they played on Tuesday, losing 90-74. Yuri Collins had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only nine points on 3-for-13 shooting and turning the ball over six times in his 29 minutes on the court.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 5 p.m. ET
- Where: Chaifetz Arena — St. Louis, Missouri
- TV: ESPN Plus
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Live Stream: Watch with FuboTV (7Days Free Trial)
Mercer is the clear underdog, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 2-0 against the spread when expected to lose.
Mercer’s victory brought them up to 1-2 while Saint Louis’ loss pulled them down to 3-1. A couple stats to keep an eye on: The Bears have allowed their opponents an average of 10.7 steals per game, the 349th most in college basketball. To make matters even worse for Mercer, the Billikens enter the game with 11.3 steals per game on average, good for 22nd best in college basketball. In other words, Mercer will need to work extra hard to take care of the ball.
The Billikens are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Bears, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Billikens as a 10-point favorite.
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This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.
Injury Report for Saint Louis
- Javonte Perkins: Out for the Season (Knee)